It’s hard to believe that three years ago today, my water broke unexpectedly and we rushed to the hospital to meet you a month earlier than planned. Since that first big surprise, our journey with you has been full of many, many more.
You’re still a tiny little thing, but you speak like an adult which is both hilarious and terrifying. You’re assertive in all the best ways and even a touch willful in ways that will serve you well when you’re an adult. Sometimes we call you our Sour Patch Kid because first thing in the morning you’re a little sour and after that wears off, you’re pure sugar.
You’re now fully potty-trained and you are so proud of yourself! You’re the proud owner of a new tricycle (pink, of course) and you’re the Fanciest Nancy of them all. You love all things blush and bashful and princesses and you have your Daddy completed and totally wrapped around your tiny little pinky finger.
You’re doing so well in gymnastics! You’re so brave and strong! You especially love the beam and bars and you also love free time and stamps at the end of each class.
You are such a good friend and love playing with others (but you’re also excellent at playing on your own). You talk about your friends and cousins constantly and especially enjoy your nursery class at church and your story time pals at the library. Your favorite friend is probably your Pop Calvin or your Darlin (and you pronounce it Dahlin’ which is utterly delightful).
Speaking of Pop Calvin, you are one of the fortunate few who has the opportunity to spend every afternoon with your great-grandparents. Your Pop and Darlin’ take you round for a visit nearly every afternoon and you always come away with graham crackers in tow. Your great-grandparents absolutely delight in you and I find so much fulfillment in seeing how well they love you.
You are still an amazing sleeper–you take a great nap most days and still manage to sleep 12 hours each night. You’re getting ready to shift into your big girl bed and you’re so excited about the prospect. Your big girl bed was mine when I was young and I already can tell you’re going to love it.
You love learning about Jesus and going to church, especially when your Sunday School teachers give you a limitless supply of Goldfish. You love that Daddy coaches football and you especially love being at the stadium or in the locker room. You love Mommy’s cheerleaders at Emmanuel and you especially love that they sneak you pizza and treats.
In your lifetime, you’ve traveled so many fun and exciting places. NYC, Charleston, Asheville, Raleigh, Pawley’s Island, HHI, Lake Burton, and, of course you’ve been to Disney World five times. You love your Pop & Darlin’s RV (you sweetly call it your ‘tamper) and especially love when you and your cousin Asher get to go ‘tamping together.
Your vocabulary is vast and you say the funniest things like, “I want to go outside because I want to play with chalk but Daddy will probably say no because it’s cold.” It’s always so funny to hear such large sentences come out of such a small body! Our favorite thing that you say always pops up when Daddy comes home from the weight room, “Daddy, are you stink?” You also often put your hands on your hips when you’re angry and shout, “I AM MULAN!” or “I AM THE LOST PRINCESS!”
We cannot wait to celebrate you, our big girl with all the Chick-fil-A, living room dance parties, and tricycle rides.
We love you so much.